A criminal complaint filed Friday, Sept. 6, in Douglas County identified Patrick R. Staton, 29, as the man who was shot in Maple on Sept. 2.
Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported finding one male with multiple gunshot wounds after responding to a call at 3:47 p.m. on Pellman Loop. He was flown by helicopter to a Duluth hospital, where he was recovering last week from non-life-threatening injuries.
Staton is facing three felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. A warrant for his arrest was issued with the complaint.
Leah Marie Sommerlot, 37, of Maple is also facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting. The complaint against Sommerlot charges her with one felony count of aiding a felon-falsifying information, one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
She made her initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday, Sept. 6, and was released on $3,000 cash bail. Her next court appearance was set for Sept. 11.
The shooter wasn't identified in either complaint.
According to the complaints, Staton is Sommerlot's boyfriend and he has been living with her at a residence on Pellman Loop Road, west of County Road F and south of Wisconsin Highway 13 in the town of Maple. Witnesses to the shooting reported to Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies that Staton had a pistol at the time of the shooting and was ultimately shot by another person.
When Sommerlot called 911 to report the shooting, Staton could be heard in the background telling her to hang up the phone and get his gun and holster off him, according to the complaint.
A search of the Pellman Loop property turned up three guns: a .45 handgun, a 9 mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. Sommerlot initially told detectives that the guns were hers.
When Detective Mike Miller informed her the guns were all stolen, she admitted Staton brought them with him when he moved in at the beginning of July. She also admitted to taking off a holster and handgun Staton was wearing and hiding them in the couch prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
According to the complaint, Staton has felony convictions for burglary, intimidation of a witness, delivery of controlled substances and bail jumping. Sommerlot admitted knowing her boyfriend was a felon and was not allowed to possess firearms.
Sommerlot was out on bond for three criminal misdemeanor cases in Douglas County at the time of the shooting. A condition of her bond was that she commit no new crimes.
The possession of a firearm by a felon charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. The maximum penalty for aiding a felon is three years and six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.